Antibiotic side-effects commonly include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, photosensitivity, fever, vaginal yeast infection, and discoloration of the tooth. Anaphylactic reactions, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, hypotension, arrhythmia, tendonitis, and seizures, though rare, are the serious adverse effects of an antibiotic.
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Can a severe cough in the morning in my child indicate an allergy?
Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years and 8 months old. He has a severe cough nowadays, especially in the morning. I am currently giving him Levolin syrup for his cough. Also, he vomits after a bout of a cough. He has a history of wheezing and was prescribed nebulizers by the doctor. I need to give him an... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not unnecessarily start him on antibiotics. It is common in children of this age group to have a cough and cold on and off, due to seasonal variations. He will overcome it as he grows old. Do not start antibiotics unless the cough is associated with fever. Continue ... Read Full »
I have had stomach pain after I took the tablet Colchicine. What medication should I take to prevent it?
Query: Hello doctor, I have stomach pain that started after I took the tablet Colchicine for pericarditis, but I cannot stop taking my medication. I tried taking the tablet Ranitidine 150 mg twice daily, but it did not help. Now I am taking the tablet Rabeprazole 20 mg daily, but my stomach still hurts. Wh... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I completely understand your concern and will try to help you out. Gastrointestinal disorders are usually the most common adverse reactions from the tablet Colchicine. They are often the first signs of toxicity and may indicate that the Colchicine dose needs to be r... Read Full »
My seven-year-old daughter has been experiencing excessive hair fall after antibiotic therapy for the treatment of fever. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is seven years old. Around nine months back, she had a fever and was on antibiotics. After that, she has had hair fall till now. There is too much hair fall, even if I touch her hair. I am really scared. Already it had started thinning. I do not know what to do. I have chec... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This hair fall is due to a fever that occurred nine months back. This stress-induced hair fall was programmed nine months back during fever and cannot be stopped now. However, the hair which is lost will be regained back after some time. My advice: Consult a specia... Read Full »
I have diarrhea after taking Amox-Clav 875 mg for bronchitis. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor,I have been taking Amox-Clav 875 mg for bronchitis for a few days, and I have had diarrhea since last night. Should I keep taking this antibiotic?Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very common to have diarrhea when you are taking antibiotics. Following are the ways to manage diarrhea without changing or stopping antibiotics; 1. Diarrhea with antibiotics occurs because antibiotics kill normal intestinal bacteria. You can use probiotic-con... Read Full »
I am fine after four days of antibiotics. Should I really continue it for seven days?
Query: Hello doctor,I got Doxycycline prescribed 100 mg twice daily for seven days for a throat infection. The side effects, like upset stomach and bowel movements, are very irritating. The throat infection after four days of taking medicine is much better. Do I need to finish the seven days course? Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Ideally, you should complete the seven-day course. A full course of antibiotics is required to ensure that the bacteria do not turn resistant by acquiring resistant traits. The antibiotic now would have killed the bacteria which are living. Once the dormant bacteria gets... Read Full »
My aunt has muscle pain, a sundowning effect, and frequent urination after taking Admenta and Aricept for Alzheimer's. Should I continue the medications?
Query: Hello doctor,My aunt has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past three years, and I gave her the tablet Amenta, but I forgot to give her the tablet Donep. The situation got worse four months ago, and the doctor recommended giving her the tablet Admenta 10 mg and Aricept 10 mg. She impro... Read Full »
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she has muscle pain after taking the Donepezil tablet, I suggest you start with a low dose at 5 mg for two weeks before increasing it to 10 mg. If she cannot tolerate the side effects discontinue the drug. Read Full »
I have vomiting as my side-effect after taking Doxycycline and Metronidazole. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have BV, and my prescribed medications are, Doxycycline and Flagyl (Metronidazole). I take them at 5 AM and 5 PM every day. However, the last two times after my morning dosage, I had vomiting. I have tried drinking lots of water and sitting upright, but it did not help. Can I repeat... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Vomiting is a known side-effect of Flagyl (Metronidazole) and Doxycycline. I would suggest you the following measures. 1) Take both the medications separately with a 3-hour interval between them. 2) Try to avoid eating w... Read Full »
Why did I get periods thrice this month?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 46 years old female. I got periods three times this month. This happens for the first time in my menstrual history. I have three children (two normal vaginal birth and one is surgery). Kindly help with my issue. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I want some more details before guiding you in treatment. 1) Was the bleeding heavy all three times? 2) What were the dates of the three bleeding episodes? 3) Are you taking any medication? 4) Did you take your COVID vaccine this mo... Read Full »
What are the reasons for sour stomach?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 40-year old with a height of 5.10 inches and a weight of 110 kg. I have acute problems in the food digestion and a severe gas problem with a sour stomach. I have taken tablet Augmentin 625 Duo and capsule Doxt-SL for five days. Can you please help me? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have made a note of your history. You have already taken a couple of antibiotics for the past five days. Please let me know the following: 1) How about your bowel habits? 2) Do you have diabetes or hypertension? With you history, you have gas and di... Read Full »
Is it advisable to take antibiotics for sinusitis?
Query: Hi doctor, I have recurring sinus infections, probably four or five per year on average. I had my COVID vaccine before one week and was sick for two to three days, but after that, I started having sinus pressure that was causing pain in my teeth. I went to the dentist to rule out an abscess. Today... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query in detail. Before one week, you had the COVID vaccine. After which you stated having symptoms of dental pain, for which you have been prescribed tablet Cephalexin. Also, the infection is moderate to severe. It is safe to take antibioti... Read Full »